Opal M. Blizard

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Born 3-23-1921 -- Died 8-6-2004

Opal M. Blizard, 83, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Aug. 6, 2004, at Ash Flat, Ark., Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born March 23, 1921, in Dexter, Kan., she was the daughter of Wilbur Southard and Opal Hathorn Southard.

She married Ralph A. Blizard April 14, 1962.

She was an owner and operator of a restaurant before retiring.

The Blizards moved to Cherokee Village 32 years ago from Winfield, Kan.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 346, the Extension Homemakers Club, Cherokee Village Women's Club, and of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph A. Blizard of the home; a son, Darrell Blizard of Atlanta, Ga.; and a stepson, Don Blizard of Cherokee Village; three daughters -- Wilma Jean Garrison of Wichita, Kan., Arthurita Courtney of Ponka City, Okla., and Ester Mayer of Chesapeake, Va.; a stepdaughter, Barbara Blizard of Winfield; a brother, Everette Southard of Carson City, Nev.; and 50 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson, Colton Vaden.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Villalge United Mehodist Church, with the Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Village United Methodist Church.